* Five People Arrested in a Santa Rosa Neighborhood Confrontation
Published by Junior Staff Writer on January 17, 2012
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Police arrested five people and used a Taser on one during a rowdy confrontation at a west Santa Rosa apartment complex late Sunday night. An officer responded around 11:30 p.m. to a report of people yelling and pushing each other at the Chelsea Gardens complex at 1220 McMinn Ave., Santa Rosa police Sgt. Lisa Banayat said. The officer tried to intervene in the confrontation, detaining 22-year-old Vanessa Gudino when she said she was going to stab another woman, Banayat said.
Banayat said the officer was then assaulted by Margarita Abarra-Gudino, 57, who allegedly began hitting the officer in the face and shoulder. According to police, Vanessa Gudino then starting swinging her fists at the officer, and the officer called for backup and shot Gudino with a Taser. Police said Gudino then allegedly kicked the officer while she was on the ground, and Abarra-Gudino and two other people — later identified as Ramon Medina-Salcido, 20, and Atenogenes Gudino-Gudino, 18, Vanessa Gudino’s brother — began yelling and advancing on the officer. Another woman, Sandra Papalotzin, 21, Vanessa Gudino’s sister, also allegedly advanced on the officer, yelling threats and profanities as the officer was being backed into a corner, Banayat said.
The officer then drew his weapon and ordered everyone to back away, Banayat said. When a second officer arrived and tried to detain Papalotzin, Papalotzin allegedly swore at and struck the officer, police said. Additional officers then arrived and took the five into custody, Banayat said. They were arrested on various charges — including resisting arrest, making terrorist threats and assaulting an officer — and booked into Sonoma County Jail. Banayat said the woman whom Gudino had threatened to stab told police she and Gudino had gotten into a fight at a nearby apartment.
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